EVENT: Shaping Vancouver 2016: What’s so special about “The Drive”? May 18th

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Shaping Vancouver 2016: What’s so special about “The Drive”?
Wednesday, May 18, 2016; 7pm to 9pm
Admission is free; donations are much appreciated as we are volunteer based

Commercial Drive is perhaps the most vibrant, textured, and diverse street in Vancouver—outstanding for its unique sense of place and experience.

As the city continues to grow eastward, the pressure to develop this area is mounting and becoming a reality. The changes on the table will introduce new typologies, such as towers, that will radically change the fabric of the street.
Heritage Vancouver Society will explore how to address the need for additional density and transit within a framework that respects the character of the Drive and its remaining heritage assets.

The panel will discuss how much of the character of an area we can or should surrender to development, what character can be considered important and worth preserving, and whether that character is tied to traditional heritage forms.


  • Theo Lamb – Grandview-Woodland resident, community organizer, Board Director with Vancity and the BC Cooperative Association
  • Jak King – Grandview-Woodland resident, publisher of “The Drive, 1935 to 1955” and the “Encyclopedia of Commercial Drive”
  • Susanne Dahlin – Grandview-Woodland resident and Chair of the Planning and Development Committee of the Britannia Board of Management
  • Timothy Ankenman – Founder and principal of Ankenman Marchand Architects whose projects include the Marquee, the Jeffs Residence, and the Brookhouse Residence


  • Javier Campos – Principal at Campos Studio and President of Heritage Vancouver Society

Complete info is here: http://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/events/events1/2016-2016-summer/ShapingVancouver20162.html